Birds of the NWT: the whiskeyjack or grey jay

These little birds aren’t afraid of people.

Their feathers aren’t very colourful, but they’re always agreeable to having their photo taken.

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4 responses to “Birds of the NWT: the whiskeyjack or grey jay

  1. Also known as a “camp robber”.

  2. Very interesting Michael —- is that because they take food?

  3. Go to ANY camp and they’ll be there, picking pieces out of the dry meat, fish, or whatever is left lying around. They don’t eat it then. They take it and cache it in between the bark on trees and other hidden spaces. It’s said that they can remember, literally, millions of locations. They use their cached food throughout the cold seasons when fresh food isn’t readily available.

  4. I think they’re only friendly when they’re getting fed, because in Hay River I can’t for the life of me get a decent shot of one. One more reason I need to take a trip back to Inuvik some time soon.

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